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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Folk Tales

 


2003 Award
The Nightingale
(retold by Stephen Mitchell/illus. by Bagram Ibatou, Candlewick $17.99 Score:) A beautiful retelling of the timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen about an Emperor who learns almost too late that the novelty of a bejeweled mechanical bird is not as lasting or precious as the song and love of the real nightingale. Illustrated with the artistry of classic Chinese scroll paintings! 6–10.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Jackalope
(by Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel, Harcourt $17 Score:) Here's a lively version of that fabled critter of the old West, the Jackalope- a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope. There's some corny word play, lots of action and even a big lesson built into the shenanigans here. This is a tall tale of a rabbit who wishes to be different and a fairy godmother who helps him discover that being himself is best. 4-8

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
The Lady and the Lion
(retold by Laurel Long & Jacqueline Ogburn/ illus. , Dial $16.99 Score:) Glorious illustrations, rich in detail, illuminate this well loved tale that combines “Beauty and the Beast” with “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.”

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Just Enough and Not Too Much
(by Kaethe Zemach, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Simon the Fiddler gets caught up with the idea of having more, more, more of everything. In time he comes to the realization that he was happier when he had less. Will preschoolers get this? Maybe. It’s got the rhythm of a folktale that says less is more. 4–7.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Bluebonnet Girl
(by Michael Lind/illus. by Kate Kiesler, Holt $16.95 Score:) There is no rain, and Spirit Talker, an old Comanche warrior, tells the people they must sacrifice something they treasure on the campfire to bring rain. Only one small girl does so; her generosity brings rain and a miracle of bluebonnet flowers. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Faerie's Gift
( by Tanya R. Batt/illus. by Nicoletta Ceccoli, Barefoot Books $16.99 Score:) Once upon a time, a woodcutter rescues a fairy and is given a reward of one wish. How to spend that wish, and get the one thing that each member of his family wants, calls for a special brand of cleverness the Irish are known to have. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Calabash Cat
( by James Rumford, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:) Calabash Cat wants to find out where the world ends. Various animals take him across their part of the world—the desert, grassland, jungle, and ocean—each believing he has shown the Cat the end of the world. Illustrated in the style of engravers of the country of Chad, this is an original tale told as a folktale. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Daniel In the Lion's Den
(by Jean Marzollo, Little Brown $14.95 Score:) An audience of ants watch (and comment) from the bottom of the pages as Marzollo’s sprightly telling of this classic bible tale unfolds. Told with humor and a lively pace, this is the first of a new and refreshingly breezy series of Bible Stories. Also excellent, Miriam and Her Brother Moses. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Goldie and the Three Bears
(by Diane Stanley, HarperCollins $15.99 Score:) This Goldie is highly opinionated and basically can’t find a good friend. When she gets off the school bus at the wrong stop, she stops at the three bears’ house and finds more than the usual adventure. 5 & up. For a more traditional telling, see Goldilocks and the Three Bears (retold by Jim Aylsworth/illus. by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic $15.95 1?2), an unabridged version of a beloved story. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile
(by Won-Ldy Paye & Margaret H. Lippert/illus. by Ju, Holt $16.95 Score:) Mrs. Chicken’s goose is almost cooked when a crocodile is about to eat her up. But she manages to convince the croc that they are sisters. A trickster tale with an unusual cast that is based on an African folktale. 5–9.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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